ASUS always surprises us; first, it was with the ZenBook duo with the dual-screen, and now the ZenBook 14X with the ScreenPad integrated right into the trackpad.
Simply put, if you’re looking for a productivity laptop that can handle anything from video editing to 3D animation, then look no further than the ASUS ZenBook 14X.
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Featuring an 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor along with an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics card, the ZenBook is built to tackle almost any task. But is it worth the $1,050 price? Find out below:
- 14” WQXGA+ Touch Display
- 90 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time
- Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU
- NVIDIA GeForce MX450
- 16 GB RAM
- 512 GB SSD
- Windows 11 Pro
- 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen, 2x Type-A, and 1x HDMI 2.0
- The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is a tried and tested CPU. And it has come out on top of the benchmarks time and time again when it comes to laptops.
- It’s a powerful CPU that has enough juice for creatives or scientists, capable of running photo editing, video editing, CAD, animation, and much more.
- If you are coming from other CPUs, you may notice a significant speed difference between this quad-core, eight-thread processor (with 1 MB of embedded eDRAM) compared to something like the i5-1035G4, which only has four cores (threads) and runs at a lower clock speed.
- This laptop also has a dedicated graphics card – the NVIDIA GeForce MX450. It is stronger than the usual stock Iris Xe graphics most laptops have. The MX450 has 2 GB of dedicated video memory, which will help the user experience if working with creative software.
- The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX5400E‘s 512 GB solid-state drive (SSD) delivers sequential read speeds of up to 3.4 Gbps and sequential write speeds of up to 2.1 Gbps, making it the fastest among all in its class.
- Surprisingly to us, the ScreenPad exceeded our expectations. It has a 5.65-inch 2160×1080 pixel resolution IPS panel, and it is the same resolution as many 2020-2021 phones, with that 2:1 aspect ratio.
- Moreover, the matte glass surface feels exactly like other high-end trackpads on the market, just that now you got a touch screen underneath it.
- When you turn the ScreenPad off, a single full charge will last for about 9 hours. Otherwise, if you turn on the ScreenPad, a single full charge will only last for about 6 hours.
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- The screen is a delight to use, with its 14-inch 2880×1800 pixel resolution, and RGB OLED electric color display, perfect for graphic designers and engineers.
- Unlike most laptops that contain a matte display, this device is a touch-capable full-90Hz refresh rate display. This means, that if using touch-enabled apps, you will have a new laptop experience.
- The display has 400 nits brightness with a high contrast ratio. This is perfect if you want to use the screen in bright areas, or just chill out watching Netflix on the beach under strong sunlight.
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- The ZenBook’s high-quality aluminum chassis has a luxurious coat of paint that covers the lid, keyboard panel, and even the bottom of the device.
- The corners are rounded, and the edges are shaved down to look good and feel good in your hands.
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Is It Worth Checking Out?
At first glance, the laptop doesn’t look like a typical office laptop but trust us when we say that it can carry its own weight in any workplace.
- Spectacular OLED display
- Tried and tested CPU
- Fantastic for productivity and complex work
- Rock-solid build quality
- Excellent keyboard
- The dedicated graphics card could be better
- Not suitable for gaming
If you’re a stressed professional in need of something to help you balance your work life and private life, the ASUS ZenBook 14X OLED can keep up.